What house is your God in?

One visually stunning (and sickening) site I recently saw in Thailand and Laos is the “spirit house” that is placed outside virtually every house and business establishment. A carryover from animism, the idea is that these small temples can be the habitation of spirits which otherwise would cause trouble for the owners of the house or business. Small offerings of food, drink, and other items are meant to propitiate the spirits.

But the spirit houses, in all their crassness are probably no worse than any tendency that we have to put God in a box. In my part of the world we don’t put spirit houses in the corners of our properties, but we limit God to our notions, our preferences, and our biases.

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